Chris Evans is uncertain about any potential return to the big screen as Captain America.
“I always see those reports,” the actor mentioned on The View on Monday when questioned about rumors regarding his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “And it’s news to me.”
At 42, Evans noted that “every couple months, someone says that they’re getting [Robert Downey Jr.], and [Chris] Hemsworth, and Scarlett [Johansson], and everyone’s coming back.” However, he added, “No one’s spoken to me about it.”
Chris Evans on returning for a new 'Avengers' film:
"No one’s spoken to me about it"
— ScreenTime (@screentime) November 27, 2023
Portraying Steve Rogers/Captain America, a vital member of the Avengers team, the actor appeared in 11 films from 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger to 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. In the latter film, the character vanished through time travel, marking the conclusion of Evans’ tenure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speculation about the return of Johansson as Black Widow or Downey Jr. as Iron Man—characters who met their demise in the events of Endgame—has been circulating since Variety disclosed earlier this month that discussions were underway to bring them back.
“Look, I would never say never,” Evans conveyed to The View co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Alyssa Farah Griffin, and Ana Navarro when discussing the possibility of returning to his most iconic role. He added, “But I really — I’m very protective. It’s a very precious role to me, so it would have to be just right.”
Anthony Mackie, portraying Sam Wilson/The Falcon, has now taken on the mantle of Steve’s iconic shield and is set to lead in Captain America: Brave New World in 2025. “Sam Wilson is Captain America,” Evans affirmed in a tweet last year.
In a GQ interview released in September, Evans restated his sentiment of “never say never.”
“It was such a wonderful experience,” he remarked about his time in the MCU. “It’s something that I am very proud of… And I wouldn’t want the black eye if it felt like a cash grab or if it didn’t live up to expectations or if it just felt like it wasn’t connected to that original thing. So, no time soon.”
At the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo in April, Evans said he was “sure” there were additional stories to tell about Steve Rogers.
However, as reported by The Wrap, he elaborated at the time, stating, “I just don’t want to mess up in any way, and I was a part of something that was so special for the special period of time and in a way it really landed so well… As much as I’m connected to that role, and love telling those stories, and working with those people, it doesn’t quite feel right right now.”
Johansson, who last portrayed Black Widow in the 2021 prequel, mentioned on the Today show that it “would be a miracle” for her character to return when addressing the rumors.
“It would be a marvel,” Johansson, 39, told Savannah Guthrie. “But who knows?”
In films released this year, Evans took on roles in Ghosted and Pain Hustlers, and he also lent his voice to the animated series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off. His upcoming project is Red One, where he will be sharing the screen with Dwayne Johnson.
On September 9, Evans tied the knot with Alba Baptista, the star of Warrior Nun, in an intimate ceremony held at an estate in his hometown of Massachusetts.